Why Keeping Massimo Allegri Is the Wrong Move for Milan

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Why Keeping Massimo Allegri Is the Wrong Move for Milan
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The much-maligned Milan coach Massimiliano "Max" Allegri has surprisingly been given another chance at the helm next season.

After a turbulent season, which saw the Rossoneri go from being cellar dwellers to finishing with a Champions League qualifications spot, Max Allegri has drawn a few fans and critics alike.

While Allegri's reign did have a few positive notes, a slew of managerial bluffs have occurred in the past few years to make Milan wary.

There was the mismanagement of Alexandre Pato which occurred last season, as the Brazilian striker, who was still recovering from an injury, was thrust into the formation too soon.

What ensued was an embarrassment.

Pato only lasted a few minutes and was taken out after reaggravating a nagging injury.

A similar situation happened to Thiago Silva as well when Allegri decided to play him 120 minutes in a Coppa Italia match against Novara days before a crucial Serie A battle against Juventus.

The rise of Milan this past season had more to do with Adriano Galliani pulling the trigger on Mario Balotelli in the January transfer season than Allegri's tactical brilliance.

Was the rise of a few key youth players in the Milan set up really an Allegri decision, or just based on the fact he had no one else to play in those games?

As brilliant as Stephan El Shaarawy was in the first half of the season, Allegri's tactical approach is the reason why he was burnt out this year.

Playing in a 4-3-3, Il Faraone was instructed to track back and help defend opposing wingers to cover another bizarre Allegri decision: converting winger Kevin Constant to the left back position.

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El Shaarawy has been burned out this calendar year by Allegri's tactics

El Shaarawy exerted so much energy covering the left flank that he then lost lucidity in the attacking sector. Is it really surprising that a physically and mentally decimated teenager has had this drop in form in 2013?

The situation escalated to the point of Silvio Berlusconi berating his coach in a phone call with his good friend and owner of Sassuolo, Giorgio Squinzi

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According to Squinzi, Silvio Berlusconi told him on the phone call that Allegri didn't understand anything.

This isn't even the first time Berlusconi has gone public with his displeasure over Allegri's tactical decisions. Another incident occurred shortly after when El Shaarawy was benched in a key Serie A match.

Milan announced last week that they'd be switching to a 4-3-1-2 formation to accommodate arriving trequartisti such as Riccardo Saponara.

With all this in mind, it's clear the Rossoneri's decision can be viewed as a perplexing one. Exactly how much control Allegri has over the teams tactics is as cloudy as a November skyline in Milan.

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